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Celebrate Zilker Park’s 100th birthday — for free

Staff Writer
Austin 360
You can ride the Zilker Zephyr for free on Sunday. RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN 2016

To celebrate Zilker Park’s 100th anniversary, admission to Barton Springs Pool, Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum, the Austin Nature and Science Center, Zilker Botanical Garden and the Zilker Zephyr is free all day Sunday; parking is also free but limited. Officials also will open the newly renovated Zilker Caretaker Cottage next to the pool, read a Zilker 100 proclamation and unveil a special mobile Zilker 100 art installation perfect for selfies. Pool opens at 5 a.m.; activities continue throughout the day April 9. 2100 Barton Springs Road. Free.



Texas Burlesque Festival. Burlesque, vaudeville and cabaret reign at this three-day festival, which strives to foster a supportive community among performers across the U.S. Lola Frost, Mod Carousel, Coco Letric and Kitty Kitty Bang Bang are among the headliners at the Stateside and Paramount theaters.


16th Annual South Asian New Year Festival. The South Asian New Year Festival, or “Pohela Boishakh,” is an annual outdoor celebration showcasing the culture and diversity of South Asia. The stage at the Zilker Hillside Theater will spotlight live dance and music performances along with authentic programs highlighting the culture. Attendees will enjoy food and merchandise available in the bazaar, including ethnic clothing, jewelry, crafts, henna and more. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 8. Free. Zilker Hillside Theater, 2206 William Barton Drive.

Spring Native Plant Sale at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Love Texas landscapes? Grow native plants with the help of this sale, which will offer hundreds of species of Texas natives, including seeds, annual wildflowers, grasses, perennials, wetland plants, shrubs and trees. Not only are they beautiful, but native plants help conserve water, reduce mowing costs, provide habitat for birds, butterflies and other wildlife, protect the soil, and save money on fertilizer and pesticides. Wildflower Center members can attend a members-only sale the day before for free. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 8. $4-$10. 4801 La Crosse Ave.


East Austin Urban Farm Tour. The springtime sip-and-stroll open house will showcase Boggy Creek Farm, Hausbar Urban Farm & Guest Haus, Rain Lilly Farm and Springdale Farm. Plus, enjoy sips from local beverage makers and bites made from farm-fresh ingredients from chefs of Austin’s most beloved restaurants. You can start the tour at the farm of your choice. 1 to 5 p.m. April 9. $55.

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